The new, sixth-generation Ford Mustang GT (S550) had just a short stint as the new kid on the block before General Motors fired back with the latest evolution of their rival pony car: the Chevrolet Camaro. Tacking itself onto the end of one of the most high-profile, emotionally violent car rivalries in human history, Motor Trend conducted an all-important comparison test.
So, how does the 2016 Ford Mustang GT with optional Performance Package fare against the ground-up redesign 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS? Unfortunately, the former doesn’t quite cut it. The new Camaro has migrated to the smaller, lighter platform of the Cadillac ATS, giving it a distinct weight advantage: 3,672 pounds, next to the Mustang GT’s 3,825. As we all know, weight affects everything.
This could be seen – or rather, felt – in how the 2016 Mustang GT handled itself around corners much the same as its predecessor did, despite the addition of an independent-rear suspension. Motor Trend reported that the pony with the Blue Oval badge experienced a lot more pitch, roll, and general tossing-around than did Chevrolet’s Camaro. The 2016 Ford Mustang GT is working with a relative power deficit, too, offering 435 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque to the Camaro’s 455 hp and 455 lb-ft.
Largely because of that, the Camaro SS was able to sprint to 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds, while the Mustang GT managed a less-expedient 4.6 seconds. Quarter-mile times were tested at 12.4 seconds versus 12.9 seconds, at 114.6 mph versus 110.0 mph, respectively.
Even still, while the 2016 Chevy Camaro SS may beat the 2016 Mustang GT in numerical terms, the difference is slim enough that no self-respecting Ford pony car fan need ever feel embarrassed.
For the full comparison, head on over to Motor Trend‘s website.